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The "Muddy ACCE Race"


On September 16, a 4-person Virginia Varsity team took part in the 2nd annual Muddy ACCE Race in Glen Lyn Town Park.

The Varsity team, along with 610 other racers, ran to benefit the the Access to Community College Education (ACCE) Program in Giles County, which is a Giles County and New River Community College partnership. According the the race website, “ACCE is a public / private partnership that makes college available tuition-free to over a third of graduating seniors from Giles County schools by covering the cost of tuition for two years at New River Community College.”  (

The 25+ obstacle, 5K race began with a heart-stopping, artic ice bath, but this was just the beginning.  The team had to navigate a slip wall requiring teamwork and great personal sacrifice (especially for Jim), trudge through mud bogs and over muddy slopes, scaled countless walls, and faced numerous other challenges before the race mercifully ended with a rope swing into the chilly New River. The event was great fun, and the group enjoyed being a part of something so physically challenging, yet in support such a good cause.  

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